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Planning

This is intended to be a guide. The actual schedule will vary significantly from student to student, depending upon intended major, ACT scores, SAT scores, ALEKS placement, Math and/or English placement test scores, outside work schedule, etc.

Class

Which one?

Credits

Math

Placement depends on previous math classes, or ACT, SAT or ALEKS test scores as well as your major and/or the health professional graduate program that you are planning to attend.  

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English

All students must complete ENGL 1101 and ENGL 1102 (Honors students check with Honors Program advisors).  Placement is determined by previous courses, AP scores, ACT,  or SAT scores.

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Science

CHEM 1111/Lab (MATH 1143, College Algebra is the pre-requisite for this course.  Students who have not taken chemistry in high school are strongly encouraged to take CHEM 1101 before taking CHEM 1111.

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Science

BIOL 1101/Lab General Biology I

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For students who cannot take the above science classes, these are some other options:

PSYC 1101

Introduction to Psychology - most health professions require this and it is an option for Objective 6 of the General Education requirements

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HCA 1110

Introduction to Allied Health Professions - an overview of all health professions - excellent for selecting a career and for understanding interprofessional health care.

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Major Class

Select a class within your major - see the tab on selecting a major

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For how many credits should you register in your first semester? That varies from student to student, but most will register for something near 14 to 16 credits (you must take an average of 15 credits per semester to graduate in 4 years). It is important that you begin your college career with a manageable load, so make sure your academic load is compatible with a work schedule or anything else you may be spending time at outside of the classroom. How you perform academically in your first semester often "sets the tone" for the remainder of your college career, so it is very important for you to do as well as you can possibly do in that first semester. Plan your schedule accordingly. Students who have a scholarship are required to register for at least 12 credits.  The tuition lock program requires that students complete 15 credits per semester.

 

Remember that you may be pursuing a career in medicine or other health profession, but your major is not, "Pre-Med" or "Pre-Vet."  Your major is a selection of classes that is indicated in the ISU Undergraduate Catalog.  

Any pre-health profession (pre-med, pre-dental, pre-vet, pre-PA, etc) is a collection of classes and activities prescribed by a graduate health profession.  These are the activities and classes that are required for admission into professional programs.  One requirement is that you have a baccalaureate degree (any degree).  Professional schools are looking for students who select their major based on:

  • Interest in the subject area
  • Reflection on how well this major connects to your career plans (Medicine, Dentistry, Veterinary Medicine, etc.).
  • Research into the major to determine how well it prepares you for your graduate program.
  • Ability to express verbally and in writing why this is a helpful major for you and your chosen career.

Imagine that you are interviewing for admission into a graduate health professions program and you are asked, "Why did you select your undergraduate major?"  What meaningful answer will you give?  You don't want to say, because I was told to, or that you thought that you had to have a particular major - you want to be able to explain, in your own words, why it was the best major for you.